Sonic vs AT&T Internet Basic Features
|Feature||AT&T Internet||Sonic Internet|
|Starting price||$49.99/mo. sign-up price||$39.99/mo. sign-up price|
|Download speed range||5–1,000 Mbps||20–1000 Mbps|
|Upload speed range||1–1,000 Mbps||1.5–1000 Mbps|
|Network type||DSL, Fiber||DSL, Fiber|
AT&T vs Sonic Data Usage Policies
Many internet providers in California use data caps to manage their network, meaning that if you use more than a certain amount of data, you will be charged extra on top of your monthly bill.
Sonic has long provided unlimited service, even before it started to become the norm for competative ISPs. Therefore, we recommend Sonic if you’re a cord cutter or work from home.
AT&T has data caps on some plans. 1TB is a common cap on AT&T internet plans. Sonic offers unlimited plans with no data caps.
AT&T places data caps on some plans.
Sonic offers internet plans with unlimited data
AT&T vs Sonic Net Neutrality Policies
Sonic is well-known for promoting consumer privacy and supporting Net Neutrality. Most noteably, Sonic challenged the court order for them to turn over private information on WikiLeaks volunteer Jacob Appelbaum in 2011. 1
AT&T has a less encouraging stance on the topic, and historically has participated in lobbyist groups that promote anti-regulatory and pro-incumbent (ILEC) policies at the state and national level.
AT&T has a statement of support for Net Neutrality on their policy website, but has remained quiet on the topic of future paid prioritization for certain services.
Sonic is one of the loudest pro-Net-Neutrality voices among US internet providers. The company has actively taken steps to protect user privacy and preserve Net Neutrality.
AT&T vs Sonic Pricing and Fees
Here is a breakdown of how common add-on fees compare for AT&T and Sonic plans. These types of fees are common with internet providers, and can result in larger bill each month.
|WiFi equipment fee||~$10/mo.||~$9.50/mo.|
|Price increases||Bill increases after promo period||Bill increases after promo period|
|Early Termination Fee||Free cancellation||Free cancellation|
Note that fee amounts described above may vary by plan. See the plan comparison tables for AT&T and Sonic below for more information.
AT&T vs Sonic Internet-Only Plan Comparison
|Most Common Plan||Internet speed||Sign-up price||Final price||Avg price over 2 yrs|
|Internet 100 (AT&T)||100 Mbps||$49.99/mo.||$59.99/mo.||$55/mo.|
|Fusion X1 (Sonic)||20 Mbps||$39.99/mo.||$49.99/mo.||$44.99/mo.|
The price of the AT&T Internet 100 internet plan is $49.99/month for the first Contract-Free. However, the price then rises 20% to a final price of $59.99.
So, that means the price you actually pay for internet, averaged over two years, is $55/month.
Remember that Internet 100 includes the following fees when you compare pricing:
- $10/month fee for WiFi equipment
- Fees for using more than 1 TB
Let’s compare that to Sonic:
The price of the Sonic Fusion X1 internet plan is $39.99/month for the first 12. However, the price jumps up 25% to $49.99 after that initial period.
So, the price of Sonic internet is actually $44.99/month, when averaged over two years.
Fusion X1 comes with some fees as well:
- $9.50/month fee for WiFi equipment
AT&T vs Sonic Internet Plans
AT&T and Sonic plans are similar in that your experience depends greatly on the maximum speed at your location.
AT&T Internet Plans
AT&T has the same or similar pricing regardless of the maximum speed. They also charge the same for DSL and fiber, which is great if you’re in a fiber area… and not-so-great if you’re in a DSL area.
|Plan Name||Download Speed||Promo Price||Final Price|
|Internet Basic 5||5 Mbps||$49.99/mo||$59.99|
|Internet 25||25 Mbps||$49.99/mo||$59.99|
|Internet 50||50 Mbps||$49.99/mo||$59.99|
|Internet 100||100 Mbps||$49.99/mo||$59.99|
|Internet 1000||1000 Mbps||$49.99/mo||$59.99|
Sonic Internet Plans
Sonic has some of the best pricing for fiber in the state of California, but their plans come with an odd quirk — they require you to purchase landline phone service as part of the deal. While it’s still very cheap, it’s an odd move in 2020 when many customers (especially fiber customers) have no use for a landline phone (even if it is a high-quality VoIP setup).
That said, it doesn’t impact the pricing, so we don’t consider it a negative on value.
|Plan Name||Download Speed||Final Price|
|Fusion X1||20 Mbps||$49.99|
|Fusion X2||40 Mbps||$69.99|
|Fusion Fiber||1000 Mbps||$50|